Who Do You Think You Are? Joe the Plumber?

Monday, October 17, 2011 Posted by Katie

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Change can be hard, especially when it affects your identity. No, I’m not talking about the mild-mannered-citizen-by-day versus the shazam-super-hero-by-night kind of identity change. (Yes, I said “shazam”. It’s fun. Try it.) I’m talking about who-we-think-we-are identity change.

Let’s be honest. What happens when you go from Joe the Plumber, Joe the Homeowner, Joe the Marathoner, or Joe the Healthy and Wealthy…to Joe the Unemployed, Joe the Renter, Joe the Disabled, or Joe the Uninsured and Poor? Life crisis, right?

It happens. Identity changes like these are happening to many of us these days. So how do we ride the wave of emotions that come with the highs and lows of identity change?

Drop all of the identities mentioned above and any others you’re harboring. Go ahead, release your grip. Drop ‘em! Let them go and all the highs and lows that come with them. Embrace one more identity change. Just one. Then I promise you’ll never have to change it again. Really.

Repeat after me, “I am [YOUR NAME HERE], a child of the Most High God."

This one is forever. And ever and ever. Cool, eh?

Here’s some Fast Fuel for Thought: If you embrace identities that are subject to change at any time due to circumstances outside of your control, you may never know who you truly are.

God WANTS you to know. In fact, he has redeemed you. He has called you by name. You are his. (Isaiah 43:1) Tell me, who do you think YOU are? Is it time for a change?

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
– 1 Peter 5:10

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